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Cook Islands: Offshore Trusts Guide

Supervisory and Licensing Regime and Fees

A company offering trust services must obtain a licence.

The Trustee Companies (Due Diligence) Regulations 1996 require the officers and employees of a registered trust company to take reasonable precautions to ensure that an International Trust is not being used to shelter assets derived from drug smuggling, money laundering or other serious crime; and the Offshore Criminal Provisions Act 1996 provides that where an officer or employee of a registered trust company has cause to suspect that an International Trust is being used to shelter the proceeds of drug trafficking or that a person related to or involved with the entity has been convicted of serious criminal activity, that matter is to be referred to the appropriate Government regulatory body.

Furthermore the registered trust company is to provide such reasonable assistance, documentation and other information as may be required by the Government regulatory body under the law.


To Read more, please visit the Offshore Trusts Guide website


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